When Your Slump is a Blessing

Sometimes a slump can be a blessing. It can be a sign to realign your life around the source of your vitality.

You are feeling down about your job and/or your life and it is not due to factors like depression. Everything tells you that you should be upbeat. “How can a person like you be so down?” is a question you frequently hear.

What’s going on? Why is everyone, sometimes including yourself, so down on you being down?

We live in a culture that denigrates and devalues the darker moods. After all we are not supposed to have prozac moments? Something must be wrong.

Wrong? Not necessarily so.

There can be blessings when the winter of our discontent becomes the harbinger of spring.

The slump can be a signal from our inner self to make a course correction. It provides an opportunity to reconnect with the drive of our soul. It can also be an invitation from the universe for us to change paths. We do this by asking questions like:

What is the central driving force in our lives?

What puts a spring in our step and song in our heart?

What nourishes us at the depth of our being?

What really is our life’s work or direction?

Is this a signal for me to change paths?

Maybe the slump has resulted from us being distracted from such life-affirming questions. Maybe we became derailed by ego concerns, looked for the approval from the wrong people, were dominated by the tyranny of the urgent, or feared the risks of exploring new horizons.

So the slump can be the occasion for us to:

1. Listen to our burning questions.

2. Accept the mood as an impetus to realign our lives around what’s really important.

3. Not judge ourselves for being down.

4. Be willing to act on our convictions without all the facts at our disposal.

5. Change paths.

So use your slump as a springboard to move to a new and enriched stage or expression of your life.

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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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